Testing

Over the course of the school year, Wheatland Union High School offers a variety of testing opportunities for students to measure academic achievement and vocational aptitude. Parents and students are encouraged to include the appropriate testing in their high school plans. Testing dates are available in the counseling center.

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) TestingTop of Page

On January 1, 2014, California Education Code Section 60640 established the CAASPP System of assessments. The CAASPP - CalEdFacts Web page provides a more detailed overview of the system. The CAASPP System (PDF) includes the following required assessments and additional resources.
 

CAASPP Public Reporting Web Site – Frequently Asked Questions

  • Smarter Balanced Assessments – The Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments, Interim Assessments, and Digital Library are all part of the CAASPP System.
  • The California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) for ELA and mathematics are given in grades three through eight and grade eleven. The 2017 spring pilot CAA for science will be given to students enrolled in grades five and eight and once in high school (i.e., grade ten, eleven, or twelve). The California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA) for Science will no longer be administered. Only eligible students may participate in the administration of the CAAs.

  • California Science Tests (CAST) will be piloted in spring 2017. All students enrolled in grades five, eight will be administered the pilot test. High school students will be selected by grade to participate once (i.e., grade ten, eleven, or twelve). This new assessment is aligned with the California Next Generation Science Standards. The California Standards Test (CST) and California Modified Assessment (CMA) for Science will no longer be administered.  

ASVABTop of Page

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) provides a wealth of vocational aptitude information to students and parents that is useful in career planning. There is no military obligation involved in taking this battery of tests.
 
 

AP TestsTop of Page

Advanced Placement courses are offered in high schools nationally, allowing students to complete college-level courses and earn college credit while still in high school. The culminating activity in each course is the Advanced Placement Test developed by College Board and given nationally on the same dates in May.
 
 

PSATTop of Page

Given once each year in mid-October, the Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test (PSAT) is the first step in preparing to take the SAT I and the ACT for college admission. The PSAT may be taken as early as the freshman year. However, students should have a strong background in English, Algebra, and geometry to expect college-recommending scores on the test. Juniors completing the PSAT may also qualify for National Merit Scholarship consideration and should make this test a part of their overall college-prep program.

ACT / SATTop of Page

Because courses and grading standards vary so widely from school to school, standardized admissions tests help colleges compare the ability of students from different high schools. The College Board SAT Test and/or the American College Testing ACT assessment are required by most four-year colleges and universities as a part of the admission process for high school seniors. Most college-bound students should plan to take the SAT and/or ACT at the end of the junior year and again in the fall of the senior year if needed. Some programs like the military academies may require earlier testing. Students should check with their prospective colleges and programs to determine which tests to take and the deadline for submitting scores.

A growing number of colleges and specific majors at colleges are requiring prospective students to take the College Board SAT Subject Tests. These tests can include up to three one-hour subject area tests. The subject areas to be tested will vary according to the requirements of the particular college or major. Students should check with their prospective colleges to determine which subject area tests are required and the deadline for submitting scores.

It is advised that students prepare for taking the SAT or ACT! Free test prep services (including study tips) can be found online:

SAT I and II Registration: Register online at www.collegeboard.com. Use Wheatland High School code 053750.

ACT registration: Register online at www.actstudent.org. Use Wheatland High School code 053750

Click here for SAT and ACT registration deadlines.

Free Test PrepTop of Page

Free SAT prep services (including study tips) can be found online: